Ubley Primary School

Ubley Church of England Primary School

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Curriculum

OUR CURRICULUM

‘Pupils have an extremely varied and stimulating range of learning experiences.  The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a strength that promotes high aspirations for all.  Achievement in writing is a particular strength within the school.' OFSTED June 2013

As a small village school we are able to promote a safe, happy caring family atmosphere whilst delivering high academic standards.   We have high expectations of the children and set high standards in all areas of the curriculum and school life.   Please see below for information about our curriculum from Reception to Year 6.

Early Years Foundation Stage

As children start school our aim is to provide an atmosphere where they will soon feel confident, valued and secure.  Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (0-5 years) which is based around three prime areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development, and four specific areas of learning which include literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. These areas of learning link directly into the primary curriculum and provide an excellent foundation and smooth transition into Year One.

Phonics and Reading

All children in Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching.  We use the DfE's ‘Letters and Sounds’ as the basis for this but have recently adapted the program to fit with our own school curriculum and the needs of our particular children. If children entering Key Stage Two still need support with their phonics, we put carefully targeted 'catch-up' sessions in place.

We want all children to develop a love of reading. The reading scheme that we use in Key Stage One is primarily the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, but we supplement the books in each stage with other reading books such as the Collins 'Big Cat' series and Rigby Star series, both of which are highly phonics based and support the children's development of segmenting and blending to read. When children are confident in their reading, we encourage them to choose their own reading materials from the wide range of reading books we have in school.

We encourage children to read at home four times a week as we believe that this extra practise really increases fluency and confidence in younger readers and develops comprehension for older readers. We use 'Kluwell' home reading books as a way to encourage and celebrate reading at home.

Reading skills are further developed through 'ERIC', whole class reading sessions with a clear focus on teaching the skills of 'Explanation', 'Retrieval', 'Inference' and 'Choice'. 

Curriculum for Years 1 - 6 

At Ubley we use the Chris Quigley 'Essentials' Curriculum to guide us, and all our topics and core subject teaching are planned from these objectives.  This curriculum is arranged into 'Milestones' - Milestone 1 is Year 1 and 2, Milestone 2 is Year 3 and 4 and Milestone 3 is Year 5 and 6. 

Please click on the links below to see a detailed overview of the content of each subject, for each of the three Milestones:

          Milestone 1                     Milestone 2                  Milestone 3

Please click on the links below for copies of the 'bookmarks' that we use with the children.  These bookmarks contain the learning objectives for reading, writing and maths for each Milestone and ensure the children and teachers know how well each child is progressing and what their 'next steps' need to be:

Milestone 1 - Reading                      Milestone 1 - Writing                   Milestone 1 - Maths

Milestone 2 - Reading                      Milestone 2 - Writing                   Milestone 2 - Maths

Milestone 3 - Reading                     Milestone 3 - Writing                   Milestone 3 - Maths

Religious Education

We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education entitled, ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’.  This area of learning develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief.   Although Christianity has a central place in the RE curriculum we also study other principal religions, religious traditions and world views, in the context of a diverse society. 

The school gathers for Collective Worship for fifteen minutes every day.  We also hold our Harvest festival, Christmas Service, Easter Service and Leavers' Service in St Bartholomew's Church, Ubley each year.  The local clergy also take regular school worships.